Arriving just an hour before her Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Tour Toronto stop-off at Massey Hall, red hot Comedienne Chelsea Handler tried being incognito in a Hoodie, surrounded by an Entourage of Security Guards. "I've got to get to my Show, I'm sorry!" she explained to Autograph Seekers as she fumbled through two separate entrances, before finally finding the correct Stage Door. Following closely behind was this evening's Opening Act, Chris Franjola who has gained a significant amount of exposure on her hit E! Network program Chelsea Lately, bringing that network much success in the late evening time slot upwards of 500k viewers. In fact, this type of treatment from Handler is actually expected with her having developed a reputation of going above-and-beyond for "paying" Fans. "I heard she (Handler) was a total Bitch to my Friend's Friend in Ohio too!" one young Woman in waiting said.
|Chris Franjola & Mr. Will-W.
A key element to Handler's routine is how Asian interest groups have expressed displeasure consistently at her jokes. "I used to speak to them directly, but now I don't even care anymore" she told the audience, explaining how we must be able to laugh off stereotypes. "Racism on the other hand, is an ugly thing", she clarified.
Handler's previous relationship with Ted Harbert, President & CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group (some 20 years her senior) is well-documented and she went as far as to tell the audience about a practical joke she had played on him while they had visited Mexico. Harbert apparently had suffered from Diarrhea and to play on his paranoia, she smeared Chocolate Birthday Cake on his side of the bed, finding amusement that he had fallen for her joke. "You fucking Bitch!" she recalled were his words, laughing in delight and embracing the label.
Following her performance which clocked in at just under 50 minutes, Handler greeted Fans at an Autograph signing organized by Chapters Indigo, quickly zipping through the queue. Upon arriving at my friend Shinan (who was sweet enough to invite me!) and I, she gave us a bit of a dance from her chair and smiled. She looked over at me with a knowing wink, fully approving my "getting" her Asian jokes, inscribing my copy of Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang: "To Will - Go Asia! Chelsea".
Two stipulations though - Handler refused to be photographed up-close by Fans and would not pose for Photos with them, telling me "I'd love to take a Photo, but I'm doing my best here to get through all these Autographs. I'm really sorry.". She then proceeded to flash me a smile of gratitude and I then was directed by Security to take a Photo of her 30 feet away from her. 30 feet.
Handler can be seen in next year's Action Flick from Director McG This Means War, alongside Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy; the Film has just wrapped in Vancouver. E! Canada also was just launched here in Canada, where Chelsea Lately can be seen weeknights at 1:35 AM EST.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)